Uredd - A rest stop with a view
Situated along the Helgelandskysten Scenic Route in Norway is the unique “Uredd” rest site. Located so as to ensure magnificent views of the mountain summits to the north, and of the vast fjord and wide open Norwegian sea, this is a breathtaking place to take a journey's break. The existing site is designed to satisfy the Scenic Route project requirements of architectural quality as well as services to the public. Part of the project includes the redesign of the WWII memorial monument for the submarine “Uredd”. This memorial was an existing feature on this site and which gave its name: “Ureddplassen", which in Norwegian means a fearless place.
The new rest area consists of a large poured concrete terrace facing the sea. From the concrete terrace, an amphitheatre rolls down to the sea, making the shoreline accessible. On the terrace there are seating benches in the characteristic marble from the Fauske region, alongside a toilet building with a concrete ceiling that rises like a wave from the terrace’s surface.
A very functional site, built out of necessity but designed with such beauty and grace. What an incredible result to bring for a mundane, everyday idea.
The views from the benches are simply spectacular. And have you seen a toilet block that is quite as stylishly designed as this anywhere in the world?!
A concrete amphitheatre of steps flows to the shoreline, allowing visitors access to the sea as they stretch their legs.
With a mountain backdrop, and vast, clear ocean ahead, this is a jaw-dropping beautiful place to break up a journey.
The site was designed by the HZA architecture practice from Norway. The practice prides itself on developing and exploring the overlap between functional and aesthetic requirements. Each of HZA's projects focus on sustainability, versatility and affordability, and ensuring that social benefit is derived from the project by the public.
The "Uredd" submarine was lost in February 1943, believed to have been sunk by a German minefield, with the loss of 40 men. The memorial was initially unveiled at this spot in 1986, the year after the wreckage of the submarine was discovered close to this site.
©photography: Steinar Skaar & Lars Grimsby